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Week 7 Football Highlights

Highlights from some of the best Week 7 Central Section football games. Check every week during the season for scores and details from the action.

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Edison 30, Sanger 29

Khari Magee threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Vadal McDonald with 7 seconds remaining, then found Garrett Kelly for the 2-point conversion as the visiting Tigers upset the No. 19 Apaches to remain in first place in the County/Metro Athletic Conference.

Sanger's 48-yard field goal attempt with 1 second left fell just short.

Magee passed for 221 yards and four touchdowns for Edison (2-5, 2-0 CMAC). Each of his touchdown passes went to different receivers.

John Pinedo rushed for 148 yards and scored three touchdowns for the Apaches (4-2, 0-2).

Sunnyside 21, Memorial 10

The visiting Wildcats (4-3, 2-0) kept pace in the CMAC by upsetting the No. 11 Panthers (5-2, 1-1).

"It was kind of a David and Goliath battle," said Sunnyside coach Justin Garza. "They were bigger than us, they were huge compared to our kids, but our kids played extremely hard and got it done."

Garza and Memorial coach Anthony Goston were teammates at Memorial in the early 1990s.

Hoover 34, Roosevelt 14

The North Yosemite League continues to be a bright spot for the Patriots (2-5, 2-0), who stayed atop the standings by routing the Rough Riders (4-3, 0-2).

A difficult nonleague schedule helped prepare Hoover.

"Defensively, we did a good job with the option, and defended it pretty well," Patriots coach Pat Plummer said. "We had several goal-line stands inside the 10, and we caused a couple turnovers."

Hoover kept pace in the NYL with Madera South, a 21-12 winner over Reedley. The teams meet next week.

Kingsburg 42, Coalinga 14

Garrett Steele passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more to lead the Vikings (7-1, 3-1) in Central Sequoia League action.

Steele finished with 205 passing yards to go with 130 on the ground.

Coalinga (6-2, 3-1) trailed 42-0 entering the fourth quarter. Brian Alvarado led the Horned Toads with 104 rushing yards.

Selma 37, Dinuba 30

Kane Cooper helped the Bears (5-2, 2-1) build a 21-0 first-half lead with touchdown runs of 18, 93 and 17 yards en route to the CSL win.

Cooper finished with 256 yards on 23 carries, but it was Anthony Caro's 5-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter that gave Selma enough of a lead to withstand Dinuba's second-half rally. Caro also scored on a 75-yard pass from Jake Morales.

Redwood 57, Tulare Western 14

Redwood High scored 43 points in a row in the second half to smack Tulare Western 57-14 in a nonleague game Friday night at Bob Mathias Stadium in Tulare.

The flurry started when K.C. Pearse answered the Mustangs' first score with an 81-yard kickoff return.

Dillon Root had another big night for the Rangers (5-2), No. 18 in The Bee's Top 20 rankings and tied for first place in the West Yosemite League with El Diamante. He rushed 20 times for 172 yards and three touchdowns.

Tulare Western (4-3), a contender in the East Yosemite League, led 14-7 after Nathan Allen scored on a 6-yard run with 6:51 left in the third quarter.

Pearce, Nathan Allen and Dominic Magana each scored twice for the Rangers. Magana's TDs on runs of 40 and 65 yards were his only carries of the game.

Rudy Lujano passed for 206 yards for the Mustangs.

El Diamante 27, Hanford West 8

The No. 7 Miners (6-1, 3-0) kept pace with Redwood in the WYL while pushing the host Huskies (3-5, 0-4) into the league basement.

Alex Zuniga's 159 passing yards and Gary Henry's 71 yards rushing led El Diamante. Blake Shahan got the Miners on the board with a 5-yard touchdown run, and Justin Van Es made it 14-0 by returning a fumble for a score.

Josh Crockett scored the only touchdown for Hanford West on a 20-yard pass from Rayshon Espirito.

Porterville 38, Chavez 10

The No. 5 Panthers (7-0, 5-0) continued their march through the East Yosemite League with a rout of the Titans (2-6, 2-4) in Delano.

Bruce Volaski scored two touchdowns in the second half when Porterville pulled away after leading 14-10 at halftime.

The Panthers have Granite Hills, Delano and Monache left on their regular-season schedule.

Granite Hills 24, Mission Oak 0

The Grizzlies (4-4, 4-2) continued their unexpected rise in the EYL with a shutout against the Hawks (2-5, 2-3) in Porterville.

Tello Guzman and Sammy Halstrom scored first-quarter touchdowns and quarterback Blas Roman sealed it with a second-half score for Granite Hills, which was 4-26 in the three seasons preceding 2010.

Delano 49, Kennedy 7

Fabian Acuna rushed 22 times for 194 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Tigers (4-3, 3-2) past their new crosstown rivals, the Thunderbirds (0-7, 0-5) in EYL action.

Kingsburg 42, Coalinga 14

Garrett Steele passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more to lead the Vikings (7-1, 3-1) in Central Sequoia League action.

Steele finished with 205 passing yards to go with 130 on the ground.

Coalinga (6-2, 3-1) trailed 42-0 entering the fourth quarter. Brian Alvarado led the Horned Toads with 104 rushing yards.

Liberty-Madera Ranchos 43, Sierra 21

A.J. Leon rushed for 69 yards and Anthony Baldwin added 53 yards and two touchdowns to power the Hawks (4-3, 1-1) in North Sequoia League play.

Gavin Hamilton had a game-high 112 rushing yards and two scores for the Chieftains (2-5, 0-2), who scored 14 points in the fourth quarter.

Dos Palos 42, Farmersville 7

Kevin Schofield rushed for 154 yards and four touchdowns as the Broncos improved to 6-1 overall in a nonleague game.

Schofield scored on runs of 31, 40, 6 and 12 yards while Dos Palos bolted to a 42-0 lead.

Saul Comnfort had the only touchdown for Farmersville (3-4) on a 2-yard run.

Exeter 22, CVC 3

The Monarchs (6-1, 3-0) stayed in first place in the Central Sequoia League with a win over Central Valley Christian (2-5, 0-3) in Visalia.

Lindsay 40, Woodlake 21

Quarterback Adam Gamboa rushed for 91 yards and three scores and passed for 101 yards to lead the host Cardinals (5-2, 1-0) past the Tigers (4-3, 1-1) in an East Sequoia League game.

Victor Villareal (122 yards, two scores) and Vinny Carlos (109 yards) added to Lindsay's rushing punch in the battle between east Tulare County rivals.

Connor Beck led Woodlake with 84 yards rushing and one TD.

Caruthers 49, Parlier 0

Prince York scored on a pass and a punt return as the Blue Raiders (6-1, 1-0) finally got started in the West Sequoia League, shutting out the host Panthers (1-6, 0-2).

Abraham Delgado rushed 11 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns for Caruthers (6-1, 1-0) and Brandon Gomez added 10 carries for 106 yards and a score.

Mendota 63, Avenal 6

Rafael Cervantes rushed for 100 yards and Alfredo Muratalla and Omar Cisneros added 96 and 94, respectively, to lead the Aztecs (2-5, 1-1) to a West Sierra League win.

Muratalla sparked Mendota's 27-point first quarter with touchdown runs of 65 and 22 yards.

Kaelo Lopez had 66 rushing yards for the Buccaneers (0-7, 0-2).

Orange Cove 27, Laton 0

Nick Lawson ran for 72 yards and Angel Acevas added 70 as the Titans (5-2, 1-1 East Sierra League) posted their third shutout of the season.

Lawson started Orange Cove's scoring with a 53-yard touchdown run, and Acevas added an 8-yarder in the second quarter.

Johnathan Covian had 97 rushing yards for Laton (3-4, 0-2).

Orange Cove has yet to allow a first-half touchdown this season.

Clovis North 28, Clovis East 27

A missed extra point in overtime proved to be the difference Friday night as Clovis North erased a 21-point deficit to defeat Clovis East 28-27 and earn its first Tri-River Athletic Conference victory.

The win boosted playoff hopes for the Broncos (3-4, 1-1), No. 9 in The Bee's Top 20 rankings, while pushing the No. 10 Timberwolves (3-4, 0-2) to their third straight loss.

Alec Mechikoff's 2-yard touchdown and Thomas Hernandez's PAT put Clovis North ahead 28-20 in overtime. Clovis East answered with a 1-yard touchdown run by George Macias, but a botched snap fouled the extra-point try.

Mechikoff led the Broncos with 41 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while Chris Mariscal passed for 165 yards and two scores.

The Timberwolves bolted to a 21-0 halftime lead, taking advantage of five Clovis North fumbles. Clovis East recovered all five.

Clovis West 37, Buchanan 7

The No. 2 Golden Eagles' shotgun wing-T offense produced 404 yards, 360 coming via the ground, in beating the No. 14 Bears to end a three-game losing streak to their rivals.

The schools share Buchanan's Veterans Memorial Stadium.

"This win means the world to us," said Clovis West running back Kendall Brock. "This one is definitely high on the list for best wins."

The Eagles (6-1) set the tone for the game on the opening drive by going 80 yards in seven plays capped by an 11-yard touchdown run by Brock. The drive only took 1:18.

They would end up scoring on five of their seven first half possessions.

Bullard 28, Madera 7

The Knights (2-5, 1-1) scored in each quarter to beat the visiting Coyotes (3-4, 0-2) in a County/Metro Athletic Conference game.

Jonathan Quiroz scored on a 63-yard run to pull Madera into a brief 7-7 tie in the first quarter.


Hanford 35, Golden West 21

Connor West rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns, and Brayden Sanchez rushed for a score -- the junior's 12th TD of the season and 23rd of his career -- as Hanford rebounded from two straight West Yosemite League losses after a 5-0 start to defeat Golden West 35-21 at Neighbor Bowl.

Fresno 49, McLane 22

Juan Sanchez threw two touchdown passes to Johnny Crocketts as Fresno broke a 14-14 halftime tie, scored 28 unanswered points and defeated McLane 49-22 in the North Yosemite League. The Warriors entered 0-6 and with a nine-game losing streak in two seasons. Highlanders quarterback Johnny Phaxay ran for a touchdown and threw for another before leaving the game for good in the third quarter with a hip injury.

Tulare 62, Monache 34

Xavier Stephens, who entered the game with 10 touchdowns, scored one on a 65-yard run in the final seconds of the first half, then opened the second half with two more scores on a run and interception return as sixth-ranked Tulare defeated Monache 62-34 in the East Yosemite League. It was the fourth consecutive victory for the 6-1 Redskins, who were coming off a 21-20 nonleague upset of then-No. 4 El Diamante.

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